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Importation of Artificially Dwarfed Plants Subject of Info Collection Review

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
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The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting through July 29 comments on the proposed extension of an information collection associated with the regulations for the importation of artificially dwarfed plants. Under these regulations, such plants (except those that are less than two years old) must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the government of the country of origin and containing declarations that the plants were (a) grown for at least two years in a greenhouse or screenhouse in a nursery registered with the government of the country where the plants were grown; (b) grown in a greenhouse or screenhouse that has screening with openings of not more than 1.6 millimeters on all vents and openings and all entryways equipped with automatic closing doors, (c) grown in pots containing only sterile growing media during the applicable two-year period; (d) grown on benches at least 50 centimeters above the ground during the applicable two-year period; and (e) inspected (along with the greenhouse or screenhouse and nursery) for any evidence of pests and found free of pests of quarantine significance to the U.S. at least once every 12 months by the plant protection service of the country where the plants are grown.

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